Our pantry shelves and bathroom cupboards are stuffed full of products that make our lives easier, but do you know what they contain? If you’re unsure, you’re not alone. The truth is, many of the everyday products we use contain a vast array of chemicals that aren't just bad for our bodies, and our health, but for the environment too.
Whether it’s the deodorant you apply pre-workout, or that energy drink you grab afterwards, your gym bag is likely stuffed full of them. So today we’re looking at some easy, no-nonsense ways to cut out those ever-present chemicals, making for a healthier you, and a healthier world too. Most surprising of all? It’s easier than you might think!
Those weights you lift are heavy enough without thoughts of the environmental impact of your fitness routine weighing heavy on your mind. So where do we start? Deodorants are first on the list. They may be a great way to keep body odours at bay, but most use harmful chemicals to clog pores and prevent sweating. The solution? Well, it isn’t as extreme as forgoing deodorants altogether. No one wants to be that smelly guy or girl. All it takes is a little ingenuity.
There are countless natural alternatives available, but they’re also expensive. Instead, skip the store shelves and turn to your friend Google and you’ll find a plethora of home recipes that use nothing more than a few simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen!
Better Than Vaseline
While deodorants are great at keeping the smell away, for those with more intense workouts, sweat is an inevitability. And, in turn, chafing. Figure-hugging clothing made from material that allows your skin to breathe is a great start, but go-to pro+ducts like vaseline are a big no-no. Vaseline is an oil-refining byproduct - would you want to rub that on your skin?! - so friendlier home remedies are much preferred.
Next time you go for a run, throw a light dusting of corn or potato starch on troublesome areas, or if your workouts are more intense, there are natural alternatives that not only prevent chafing but also work to heal the skin rather than harm it.
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